Attorney Mastandrea

Managing Partner

As a native Clevelander, Mr. Mastandrea has a homegrown understanding of the nature of practicing law in Northeast Ohio. Living in Cleveland for over 30 years has enabled Mr. Mastandrea to identify with his client's individual stories and grasp their unique legal situations. As a third generation Cleveland attorney, Mr. Mastandrea continues to bring a local approach to his practice which spans numerous municipalities and counties in Northeast Ohio.

Cleveland Criminal Defense Attorney

Attorney Mastandrea has practiced criminal defense law first hand from many different standpoints. As a former staff attorney for the Cuyahoga County Public Defender's Office, Rod was responsible for handling a wide array of criminal matters ranging from lower level traffic violations to first degree felonies. Mr. Mastandrea was one of the staff members responsible for the Pilot Program where he handled a hefty caseload of felony matters in the earliest stages of the defense process. Rod Mastandrea worked with his clients and the courts to expedite justice and resolve cases in favor of his clients in an efficient and positive manner. During his time with the Public Defender's Office, Mr. Mastandrea also took many cases through the entire judicial process, from early disposition hearings to the pretrial process, to co-counseling felony trials.

Large Firm Experience

Attorney Mastandrea has also practiced criminal defense in a large firm setting. As a Cleveland associate attorney, Mr. Mastandrea headed the Cleveland Criminal Defense Practice for a local Ohio firm. As head of this practice group, Attorney Mastandrea again managed a large caseload with a vast array of cases including traffic offenses, OVI defense, Misdemeanor and Felony offenses. His practice led him to become extremely familiar with the inner workings of local courts including all 14 municipal courts in Cuyahoga County and the various municipal courts in Lake, Lorain, Summit, Geauga, Stark, and Trumbull counties. He also worked extensively in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.

Small Firm Service

Although grateful for this challenging and rewarding experience, Mr. Mastandrea believes that the best representation comes from a small boutique firm and a personal approach. In private practice Mr. Mastandrea has found that he can devote his skilled expertise and legal acumen to his clients and represent each individual client, not as a number in a caseload, but as a person he knows by name.

Seeking Justice for Each Criminal Defense Client

Whether the case is a minor misdemeanor traffic violation or a first degree felony, Mr. Mastandrea believes each client deserves the full breadth of his time, knowledge, and commitment to imparting justice though relentless advocacy of truth, fairness, and the constitutional rights guaranteed to every American.

Rod's practice is located in Cleveland, Ohio but also serves Cleveland, Beachwood, Independence, Westlake, Euclid, Mentor, Painesville, Chardon, Chagrin Falls, Ravenna, Kent, Aurora, Hudson, Akron, Medina, Lorain, and Elyria. The Cleveland criminal defense attorney also serves Cuyahoga County, Summit County, Lake County, Portage County, Geauga County, Lorain County, and Medina County.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • OVI Defense
  • Sex Crime Defense
  • Drug Defense

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 2012


  • Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio
    • J.D. - 2008
  • The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
    • B.A.
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Political Science


  • DIP, Alternative Horizons, 2015 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Ohio Bar Association, Member, 2009 - Present
  • Cuyahoga County Defense Lawyers, Member, 2015 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Cuyahoga County Public Defenders Office, Clerk/Attorney, 2007 - 2009
  • Luftman Heck and Associates, Associate Attorney, 2010 - 2011


  • English

Rod Mastandrea
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